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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, DSN (East Carolina University )
Description: This edition of a medical-surgical nursing book that the authors describe as "more than a textbook" has been revised to include current, updated nursing information.
Purpose: The purpose is to help "students learn medical-surgical content" which includes a focus on teaching, the elderly client, cultural and ethical considerations, home care, and evidence-based practice.
Audience: The book is written for nurse faculty, student nurses, and practicing nurses. It is often used in schools of nursing as a primary or secondary source of material for lecture. Nursing students use it to find out about their patients and to develop a plan of care. The authors are experts in this area and have prepared seven editions of the book.
Features: The 12 chapters in the first of the book's two sections focus on core concepts related to adults. The second section, chapters 13 through 69, covers nursing assessment and management. The chapters cover specific disease processes that are organized into subsections covering anatomy and physiology, health history and assessment, and diagnostic tests. Disease management is organized using the nursing process and includes health promotion, acute intervention, and ambulatory and home care.
Assessment: I recommend this textbook for use in various programs of nursing. It is also an excellent reference to have on each unit. The seventh edition includes updates on treatment and concepts from the previous edition.